Posted April 1, 2008 1:37 am by with 21 comments

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While we are supposed to be under embargo on this until later today, we wanted to be the first to show you the latest breakthrough to be offered by Google. The Google Watch, or GWatch for short.

The Google USB Search Watch (Model #8002RPA10; estimated retail $89) will bring Google’s popular search engine technology to a wristwatch. Apparently users will be able to use a modified Google API to view search results on your wrist. At launch, the “GWatch” will be limited to local search results–your zip, city, or state. Google has plans to turn the GWatch into a mobile Chumby-like device–adding widgets, RSS feeds, and YouTube videos in the future. By plugging the watch into your computer and downloading the compressed local index, you’ll be able to search more than 100 million geo-targeted web pages.

Wondering how the interface works? Apparently, Google is using the same voice recognition software it uses for GOOG-411. By pushing the right-hand dial-adjuster, you’ll be able to “tell” GWatch what you are looking for. Results will then be streamed across the watch face, similar to a stock ticker or live RSS feed.

Google insiders tell me that if the product is a success, they will offer a WiMAX version of the watch that will free it from the restrictions of storing the index within the watch and allow users to search the entire Google index.

More details should come later today, but we wanted to make sure our readers were the first to hear about it.

(As many of your guessed, this is our April Fools post) 

  • Jaan Kanellis
  • Jayson

    Thanks Jaan – I almost went off on how incredibly ugly the watch was and how ridiculous people would look talking to their watch.

    Nice story Andy

  • Ryan

    Haha, you had me for a few minutes. Then I realised the date. Duh!

    Great April fool’s post :)

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  • ineedhits Australia

    Gee the amount of Aprils fools jokes this year is crazy. Every blog I visit has a new one!

  • Night-Directory

    looks ugly, but not a bad idea

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  • Suresh

    Hmm… April Fool. Good!

  • Andy Beal

    It’s April fools day today? Why would Google release a product today and risk it being classed a joke?

  • Futon-Matt

    I was going to say that is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen from Google, but then I looked at the calender. Very nice :)

  • Zen

    Happy April Fools from Google!

  • Sathish AR

    Good April Fool 2008 Prank. Enjoyed :)

  • SEO guy

    I was waiting for this years prank even though this one left me disappointed. You can do better than that Google!

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  • Tiffany

    The idea oh this tool is really great, but I think the interface is too small to display the result…

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  • Elections guy

    Yep, another April fool.

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  • Connie

    great concept, old technology. ask 007.

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  • warez

    Happy April Fools